Incident 176: Starship’s Autonomous Food Delivery Robot Allegedly Stranded at Railroad Crossing in Oregon, Run over by Freight Train

Description: A Starship food delivery robot deployed by Oregon State University reportedly failed to cross the railroad, becoming stranded, and ending up being struck by an oncoming freight train.


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Alleged: Starship Technologies developed an AI system deployed by Oregon State University, which harmed Oregon State University and freight train crew.

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Sean McGregor, Khoa Lam

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Autonomous food delivery pod meets fiery end under train · 2022

Starting to slip into the Friday afternoon doldrums? Here's one from the let's-see-what's-on-social-media-today file: an autonomous food delivery robot putting up a noble defense against a freight locomotive after apparently becoming strand…


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